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This book made me #Hungry. By Grace Dent. Book Review.

This book made me #Hungry. By Grace Dent. Book Review.

Isn’t the name of this book just enough to make you want to delve in!? I received my copy of this from netgalley and with many thanks, I share my unbiased thoughts.


Description:
From an early age, Grace Dent was hungry. As a little girl growing up in Currock, Carlisle, she yearned to be something bigger, to go somewhere better.
Hungry traces Grace’s story from growing up eating beige food to becoming one of the much-loved voices on the British food scene. It’s also everyone’s story – from treats with your nan, to cheese and pineapple hedgehogs, to the exquisite joy of cheaply-made apple crumble with custard. It’s the high-point of a chip butty covered in vinegar and too much salt in the school canteen, on an otherwise grey day of double-Maths and cross country running. It’s the real story of how we have all lived, laughed, and eaten over the past 40 years.


My Thoughts:
Grace Dent shares with her readers her beginnings in Carlisle where highlights included yellow sticker goods from the new big Asda and pink wafer biscuits.
Throughout Hungry we hear the authors love of food and her cravings for fame and cuisine. I love a good foodie book and this one has so many aspects to devour.
I think I must be a similar age to the author as there were so many parts of this books that I could relate to. If you grew up in Britain in the 80’s here is a reminiscence for you. From Findus crispy pancakes to Neapolitan ice cream, of course most of these memories include food. As Grace grows up her travels take her away from Carlisle and the foodie talk becomes much more distinguished with dishes sounding weird, wonderful and some just downright odd.
Hungry is written as a kind of memoir to the authors start in life until she becomes the much loved food writer that she now is writing for The Guardian amongst other places. The book is written with humour, emotion and mostly with the love of food.
The first half of this book brought back lots of memories for me. The second half showed a slightly different side of the author, which didn’t go amiss by her family.
A really enjoyable book that I recommend to everyone who loves a foodie tale.
It was also lovely to see Grace Dent back on Uk MasterChef recently.
Links:
Goodreads
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2021 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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Are you ready to get burned…. Book Review: A Price To Pay by Paul Gitsham

Are you ready to get burned….    Book Review: A Price To Pay by Paul Gitsham

Thank you very much to Author Paul Gitsham and Netgalley for my copy of this book. These are my unbiased thoughts on A Price To Pay.

Description:

If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned…

It should be an easy solve: a murder in broad daylight with two eyewitnesses. But the victim is the son of a notorious local crime family who has a habit of hitting on other men’s wives; the witnesses are Serbian nationals who speak limited English.

For DCI Warren Jones, this is his most challenging case yet. As the suspects pile up, the victim’s family work to protect their son’s memory by destroying any evidence that could betray his criminal past – or might have led to his killer.

Somehow Warren must uncover the truth about the murder – but there are secrets at the heart of the case more dangerous than anyone could have imagined, and the fallout could tear Warren’s team apart.

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My Thoughts:

A Price To Pay is the sixth book in this series with DCI Warren Jones. It is however, the first that I have read. I can see how reading the prior books would give you a bit of back knowledge but this in no way made the book any less enjoyable for me. Everything was clear that should be clear. The case in question though was not so clear.

DCI Warren Jones begins this case with a murder of a man from a notorious crime family, he was murdered in a massage parlour. Whether the victim is a criminal himself made no difference to Warren, but it made the case much more difficult as evidence and witnesses seemed difficult to find and be clear cut. It also impeded the murder hunt that the main witnesses are Serbian with very limited English language.

The book is primarily police procedural, so as they find the clues, we know the clues. This did not lead me to the murderer until the very end though. The process and the crime itself became more intense and more complicated as the team delved in. ( just the way I like it)

I like to discover new detectives. Having just ” met” DCI Warren Jones, I wondered what kind of man and detective he would be. I like him! Many of the detectives we read about, in the many crime books that are about now, are so dedicated to their jobs that they have little time for anything else. While this makes them excellent detectives, it also makes them seem like lonely souls. Warren was different in that way. He has a lovely wife and a few other extended family members and he cares deeply for them. While this makes his job more difficult, it makes Warren seem relatable and likeable. Warren is probably one of the most compassionate detectives I have ” met” through the thousands of pages I read.

Aside from being a police procedural, crime thriller book, it also has humorous parts and parts that taught me something about policing!

Some quotes that made me smile 😁

if my old mum is right, then should the wind ever change direction when these girls are pouting for the camera, they’ll end up permanently looking like goldfish “.

It’s not just the British and American girls that pout for photos. Something I find really odd, but maybe I’m just getting old 😛


Andy calls CSI the Open University for Burglars “

I haven’t watched this show but after this quite I feel like I might enjoy it.

A Price To Pay is an enjoyable crime thriller that picks up pace as the pages turn. The plot thickens with each chapter and DCI Warren Jones is a pleasure to get to know. I can see why this is the sixth book on the series.


About the Author.
Paul Gitsham started his career as a biologist, working in such exotic locales as Manchester and Toronto. After stints as the world’s most over-qualified receptionist and a spell making sure that international terrorists and other ne’er do wells hadn’t opened a Junior Savings Account at a major UK bank (a job even less exciting than being a receptionist) he retrained as a Science Teacher. He now spends his time passing on his bad habits and sloppy lab-skills to the next generation of enquiring minds.
Paul has always wanted to be a writer and his final report on leaving primary school predicted he’d be the next Roald Dahl! For the sake of balance it should be pointed out that it also said “he’ll never get anywhere in life if his handwriting doesn’t improve”. Twenty five years later and his handwriting is worse than ever but millions of children around the world love him.*
You can learn more about Paul’s writing at http://www.paulgitsham.com or http://www.facebook.com/dcijones
*This is a lie, just ask any of the pupils he has taught.


Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

www.paulgitsham.com

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2020 in Books

 

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#Papercraft and murder!! Book review: Last Pen Standing by Vivian Conroy. Stationary Shop Mystery 1

#Papercraft and murder!! Book review: Last Pen Standing by Vivian Conroy. Stationary Shop Mystery 1

Can you imagine how delighted I was to be approached by an Author who not only really looked at my blog and reading preferences, but also had written a book containing my love of crime stories and papercraft!!! I didn’t think such a book existed. But this is the first in a series! 😁


Description

Will this paper trail run cold?

As the new co-owner of Tundish Montana’s stationery shop WANTED, Delta Douglas knows how to organize a killer crafting event. Creativity and cardstock are all she needs to move one step closer to her ultimate dream: developing her own line of crafting products. But on the night of the workshop, at the swanky hotel venue, glitter isn’t the only thing found sprawled on the floor. A hotel guest is discovered dead in the bar, and amid the confusion, Delta’s best friend is suspected of the crime.

Enlisting the help of her Paper Posse and Spud, her canine sidekick, Delta dives into the investigation. But with many high-powered suspects on the line, Delta soon realizes her sleuthing may come with deadly consequences.

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Publication date: September 24th 2019 by Poisoned Pen Press


Thoughts:

I was excited to start this book with it being a cosy mystery based around a crafter who owns her own craft shop. Delta has moved to Montana away from her beloved Gran to start a new business venture which includes papercrafting 💖

Within a few days Delta gets far more than she bargained for in her new town. A murder happens on the same night in the same hotel as her very first craft fair as owner of her new craft shop Wanted. Not only is she in the next room when the murder occurs, her business partner and her business partner’s brother are implicated in the crime! Is Delta’s dream job about to be ruined as her best friend and business partner get blamed for a murder? Delta sets upon finding out who the murderer is, and why they did it.

There are plenty of suspects and plenty of motives. With the help of ex policeman Jonas and canine friend Spud, Delta starts her sleuthing.

Delta is a likeable character. Of course I enjoyed her love of crafting and the mentioning of all types of crafting products that I also use, like washi tapes, stationary and pretty notebooks. It was also a nice touch where Delta made a suspicions board and used washi tape to link her thoughts.

Delta easily makes friends with the local people in the area and becomes a member of The Paper Posse who are a group of women who chat and look out for each other. Together they share clues about the murder and also share some amusing nick names.

Last Pen Standing has the traditional cosy mystery sleuthing, clues and red herrings. But it has the added brilliance of being set in lovely little town with a main character who loves to craft.

I very much look forward to the next book in this series.

Have you read this book? Do you know of any other stationary / crime books? Are you a crime and stationary lover yourself?


Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/VivWrites

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Book Review: The Couple by Sarah Mitchell. #TheCouple #PsychologicalThriller.

Book Review: The Couple by Sarah Mitchell. #TheCouple #PsychologicalThriller.

Thank you to the wonderful site that is Netgalley, the publishers Bookouture and the very talented Author Sarah Mitchell for my copy of this book.

The strapline of this book captured my interest straight away, “A psychological thriller with a breath taking twist” is just my kind of read.
And when they say “whatever you think you know, you’re wrong”, it just adds to the intrigue.

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Whatever you think you know… you’re wrong.

Following a whirlwind four-month romance, lawyer Claire and hotel entrepreneur Angus are engaged to be married. Happy and successful, and ready to start their new life together, Claire and Angus find what they believe to be the perfect home.

But when Claire meets Mark, the man selling them the house, he looks eerily familiar. He looks exactly like the man she loved five years ago, the man she couldn’t bear to lose.

As Claire finds herself irresistibly drawn to Mark and crosses lines she never thought she’d cross, Angus’ behaviour becomes increasingly suspicious. Soon Claire doesn’t know whether she can trust Mark, Angus… or even herself.

The Couple is a psychological thriller with a stunning twist, perfect for fans of The Girl Before, The Wife Between Us, and The Woman in the Window.

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Published: February 5th 2019 by Bookouture

My Thoughts:

After reading a couple of not so thrilling thrillers, I was looking forward to getting stuck into The Couple.

The Couple is a thrilling book with a twist at the end. Claire and Angus have a whirlwind romance and have just got engaged and bought a gorgeous new house. Straight away we are suspicious around the seemingly lack of “that special something”, you know what you would expect with a newly engaged couple buying a house. But there was an obvious (to me) lack of passion about this couple. It’s not too long until we hear about Claire’s ex, ( the One that got away), Daniel. Enter the next character, Mark who was the previous owner of the house. Mark reminds Claire so much of Daniel, now we can know trouble is brewing.

The characters within this book were not really likeable. In my opinion if an author can give you any feelings about their characters then they are well written. Sometimes, it even makes it a better read if you dislike them. But it’s unusual to find a book with no likeable characters though. There was nobody that I was rooting for. Each character had their own flaws, issues and suspicions.

The author gives us a good insight into Claire’s job as an immigration officer. I do like a book where there is something different in the characters life to learn about. Legal immigration is something I knew little about, so it was good to learn.

I found it difficult to understand a lot of the decisions that Claire made. Perhaps some readers would see this as a negative, but I chose to see it as Claire’s flaws and many of the reasons why I disliked her.

The chapters range from present to 5 years previous where we learn about the ex Daniel. This way of writing made me more intrigued to know what happened in the past.

I would describe The Couple as a domestic thriller where you suspect the 2 men in Claire’s life of something…. and you will be surprised and satisfied with the twist at the end.

The Couple is out on February 5th, see the links below to grab yourself a copy.


Links:

Goodreads.

Twitter/@SarahM_writer

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2019 in Books

 

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Book Review: Dangerously Dark by Collette London

Book Review: Dangerously Dark by Collette London

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy of this book. The chocolate and mystery idea just rang straight to me that this would be a book that I would enjoy. Here are my thoughts.

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Description:

Chocolate-whisperer Hayden Mundy Moore has just arrived in Portland, Oregon, where she’s about to scarf soufflés and sip cacao-based cocktails at her friend’s engagement party. Fresh from nabbing her first candy-covered killer, the last thing Hayden wants to do is mix her love of chocolate with criminal mischief again. But then the groom-to-be turns up dead before beginning his renowned Chocolate-After-Dark tour. . .

Hayden’s friends insist that Declan’s death was a freak accident, but she knows there’s no mistaking the bitter after taste of homicide. In the midst of habañero hot chocolate and mocha-chunk gelato, a choco-crazed killer waits to strike again. Hayden will need to use more than her extraordinarily gifted taste buds to bring this murderer to justice, but she just might have bitten off more than she can chew in the process. . .

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My Thoughts:

Thought I would really love this with all the chocolate talk and the murder mystery parts, but unfortunately I didn’t love it. I liked all the different kind of chocolate talk and all the chocolatey descriptive words. But what I didn’t realise before I started the book was that there was a book before this one. This second book makes a lot of references to the first book. At first it made me wish I’d read the first book, but then I found myself thinking if I had read the first, I probably wouldn’t have read this one.

I thought there were far to many references to the previous book. The main character I thought was a bit silly. I was left thinking for the first half of the book, has there been a murder or not. I don’t know if this was what the author intended? but I didn’t like it.

I prefer a murder mystery to be gritty, thrilling and a page turner. I like my romantic comedy chick lit books to be easy reading fun. This I think was supposed to be a mix of the two which in my opinion didn’t work well. It wasn’t gritty and it wasn’t easy reading fun.  For me, it didn’t work.

I don’t like to write completely negative reviews for books, and as I did finish this book, the positives for this book were all the delicious chocolate references, which sounded so tasty.

“grilled brioche sandwiches filled with melted chocolate and sea salt..”

And some strange sounding delectable too!

“a bacon-y take on a Snickers.”

There were also nice recipes at the back of the book too. Below are links for the Author and the book. I’d love to hear from you if you have read this or any of Collette’s books and what your thoughts are.

Links for Author Collette London and her Books:

ColletteLondon.com

GOODREADS

AMAZON UK

AMAZON USA

TWITTER

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2015 in Books

 

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Things I have Learnt Since Book Blogging.

Things I have Learnt Since Book Blogging.

I have been bookblogging for just over a year, and I would to share with you some of the things that I learnt along the way.

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1. I chose my name carefully, I found that it was a lot easier to link all my social accounts, particularly Goodreads, blog and Twitter. 

ChocolatePages.wordpress.com     @Chocolate_pages   Goodreads.com/ChocolatePages.

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2. I read and reviewed a few of my own books first, then when my blog was a bit more established I found that the requests from authors and publishers came in naturally. Through talking to other bloggers, I found I can link up and join book tours and authors have come to me, which is amazing!

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3. I follow other bookbloggers and read and comment on their blogs. It keeps up my enthusiasm and apart from finding new fabulous blogs to read, I have made blogging like minded friends. This makes it even more enjoyable.

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4. I joined Netgalley, which was a great find. Lots of books to browse, request, read and review.

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5. I can be honest in my reviews, I’m not afraid not to write any negative things.But it has to be tactful. What I don’t like, others may like. Usually though, if I finish a book there will be plenty of positive things to write about it.

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6. Work with the authors, the authors want us to love their books and I want to love them. If I write good honest reviews, then it seems the authors appreciate it. I love it when authors comment on the reviews I have written on their books. 

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7. Twitter chats #bookbloggers 7 – 8 pm Tuesday, this chat is fantastic. Its my favourite, you get to meet other bookbloggers and share your love of it.  Photo below and host of #bookbloggers chat is: @BookBlogChat

 

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8. I used to get a bit disheartened with the numbers. I have learnt not to worry too much about them. I still love to get a new blog follower and lots of views. But I love to write it, and as long as some people read, comment and like my posts, then that’s ok. I am pleased to say this though:

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9. I enjoy blogging, if I stop enjoying it,then there’s no point. If I get to the stage when I need a break or I stop enjoying it then I will take a break. But since blogging, I have found a hobby that I really enjoy. I can read, write and interact with like minded people while doing it.

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10. I think in blogging, you have to be yourself. I can be myself here, tell you my love of chick lit books. And if you don’t agree with me, then thats ok. Its my blog! 

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Thanks for reading my blog, are you a blogger? Do you have any great tips or anything you can share that you have learnt? Or do you just enjoy reading blogs? What do you like best? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you.

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2015 in Books

 

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Book Review: Twitter Girl by Nic Tatano.

Book Review: Twitter Girl by Nic Tatano.

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I saw this book on NetGalley, and thought it immediately looked like the kind of book that I would enjoy. I liked the cover and it was written as a story including social media (Twitter) – which I love, and a chick lit book – which is my favourite kind of read.

So, thank you to NetGalley for this book. Here is the book description and my thoughts.

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Description:

Meet America’s Tweet-Heart.

She’s network reporter Cassidy Shea, better known as @TwitterGirl, with more than a million followers thanks to her sarcastic tweets. One hundred forty characters that can take anyone down a notch.
But while brevity may be the soul of wit, it can also get you fired.
When a controversial tweet goes viral the snarky redhead finds herself locked out of the career she loves… and watches her boyfriend take a hike.
Alas, no industry values sarcasm more than politics, and Cassidy becomes a marketable commodity for Presidential candidate Will Becker, a squeaky-clean, stone cold lock to be the next occupant of the White House. This candidate is unlike any other; he’s the country’s most eligible bachelor. He’s also looking for a running mate, and we’re not talking about a Vice President.
Twitter Girl has caught his eye.
Cassidy finds herself swept up in a whirlwind romance that turns her into the next Jackie Kennedy and becomes the favorite to be the next First Lady. The country can’t get enough of America’s First Couple… will Cassidy and Will Becker bring back Camelot?

But an anonymous tip triggers her journalistic curiosity. Is Will Becker all that he seems? The search for the answer teaches Cassidy the meaning of love.

My Thoughts:

This book took me in straight away by the cover, so I was really hoping that it didn’t disappoint………… It didn’t, I loved it.

The story focuses around Cassidy who is Twitter Girl, she gets employed to tweet sarcastic tweets to help the Senator get elected as President, she follows him on his campaign trail and also begins to date him in the process. I loved the main character TG, (Twitter Girl) straight away, the author did a great job describing her and it really put a vivid picture in my head of the type of girl that TG was, both with her looks and her personality. She doesn’t get pushed around and is witty and funny. She also has a kind, caring and generous side to her. I liked that they mentioned her appetite a lot. TG eats a lot and that kind of made her more real to me. From her image she sounds gorgeous, but she doesn’t eat like a bird! She enjoys her food.

” out on a Friday night ……eating fried cheese and nachos. ”

“Loved the chopped pecans in the pancakes”.

I liked the range of characters in this book, they weren’t all the usual tall dark handsome traditionally fantastic fictional hunks. Two of the leading men both had disabilities and were written to be complete gentlemen that you really root for throughout the book. Even TG was written as a bit different, red head, very tall, but the kind of girl that you want to be friends with. (Even if you might get a little envious!).

I found the story to be kind of like a fairy tale, but with a very modern take on it. ( TG gets a great job as a tweeter! and dates the most eligible man in the country!)

I found parts of it to be predictable and parts of it took me by surprise, this for me makes a great chick lit book. You can kind of see where the love interest stories are going, but the mystery tip offs and the things that TG finds out on her journalistic findings are unexpected. The unexpected made me want to keep reading to see where the story was going, and the predictable to see if I was right!

I loved the ending because I felt like everything was explained and you don’t get left wondering about anything. I loved the way the author wrote and I will certainly read more of her books. I have already actually looked out a few……

Have you read this book, what did you think? Are you going to read it after reading my review? I would love to hear your thoughts. Also if you can recommend any more books by this author please let me know.

Thanks for reading.

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Posted by on January 16, 2015 in Books

 

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